Monday, February 23, 2015

Tips on dealing with organizational politics

Those who say that they haven’t seen organizational politics are in denial. Each organization has some level of politics and as long as it is healthy, I don’t see anything wrong with it. Everyone has to play some level of politics in an organization especially if they’re in a leadership position. Here are some tips to deal with it:

  •  Make an effort to understand, who is influential in your organization. 
  •  You learn a lot about organizational politics at events outside of work. If you cannot make it to these events, at least make an effort to learn from an associate who did.
  • Don’t play bad politics, it always comes back to bite you, sooner or later.
  • Needless to say, avoid getting in conflict with those who are influential in your organization.
  •  Aligning your goals with the goals of others is always a good strategy.
Aditi Chopra is an experienced leader in the software industry.
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